Earlier today, I picked up my weekly box of fresh, organic produce from Amber Waves Farms in Amagansett. Through my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership, I am supporting local agriculture here on the East End. Not to mention, I love the smell, feel, look, and of course, taste of the food. Beautifully arranged in my box this week are: fennel, lettuce, eggplant, kale, jalapenos, Thai basil, peppers, garlic, red onion, beets, zucchini, and parsley. This is truly local abundance!
A commitment to local agriculture is much like a commitment to your local bookstore. We’re all a community joined together by an appreciation for something we value: for Amber Waves, it's organic, healthy food for the community; for BookHampton, it's the pursuit of knowledge, appreciation of good literature, and the love of reading.
Just as there is an abundant crop of local produce, we have in the store a bumper crop of books about the iconic and glorious East End. ”Local” can be experienced and enjoyed in many ways. The books below tell stories, capture in photographs, or otherwise document what it’s like to live here.
A Speck in the Sea
by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski
The true story of two fishing partners, both residents of Montauk: John Aldridge, who spent 12 hours at sea in the waters off Montauk after being thrown off the back of his fishing boat; and Anthony Sosinski who, along with the men’s families, the local fishing community, and the US Coast Guard, mobilized a search that ended in an exhilarating success.
The Hamptons Murder Mystery Series
by Carrie Doyle
A fast-paced series set in East Hampton with some thinly disguised locations, a colorful cast of characters, and great dialogue.
“Doyle is an enthusiastic guide for Long Island’s East End Village…fun and satisfying.” —Kirkus Reviews
It Happens in the Hamptons
by Holly Peterson
As Jay McInerney says, “A sizzling beach read with all the right ingredients: sex, romance, class warfare, bikinis, and a mysterious man. If you can’t make it to the Hamptons this summer, this is the next best thing.”
Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons
by Jennifer Ash Rudick
Captures the irresistible, enduring appeal of the iconic shingled houses, modernist oceanfront designs, artists’ cottages, farmhouses, and surf shacks that residents of the area’s picturesque seaside communities, from Hampton Bays to Montauk, call home.
Water, Wood, Sand, and Stones
(Westhampton, Quogue, Southampton, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, Wainscott, North Sea, Noyack, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Amagansett, Springs, Montauk)
by John Andrulis
The End: Montauk, NY
10th Anniversary Edition
by Michael Dweck
Ten years ago, Michael Dweck released The End: Montauk, NY. Hailed as "the ultimate homage to the sun-kissed surfing life," the edition's 5,000 copies sold out in two weeks. The new, expanded edition includes new essays and 260 photographs and is an idyllic and sensual portrait of the famed fishing community.
A Field Guide to Long Island Sound
by Patrick J. Lynch
A lavishly illustrated and long-overdue guidebook to the rich natural history of Long Island Sound and its coastlines, a region beloved by millions of people.
Long Island Sound consists of a diverse collection of unique marine, estuarine, and terrestrial ecosystems located in one of the most densely populated regions in the United States.
A tribute to a century of movies on Main Street—from the silents to the Sag Harbor Cinema’s nearly four decade tenure as the last independent, single-screen theater on the East End.
While this book is a cinematic history, ultimately it is a love letter to a cultural institution that has served as the heart and soul of Sag Harbor for generations. Sadly, the cinema on Main Street was destroyed by fire in late 2016. But happily, plans are underway to rebuild thanks to the Sag Harbor Partnership.
Artist Abigail Vogel
Assorted watercolors of your favorite East End scenes and familiar images.
As always, I want to share with you some titles that are garnering a lot of attention in the store. And since we’re heading into the “lazy, hazy days of summer,” it’s a great time to allow yourself lots of time to read—at the beach, by the pool, on the porch, or in a cool, air-conditioned room - really, pretty much anywhere!
Lastly, we are very excited to have Chelsea Clinton in the store this Friday, August 4th at 1:00PM to sign copies of her new picture book, She Persisted.
Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists, and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted. Please click here for event details and to purchase your ticket!
See you in the store!